EastLake Community Church
church for the rest of us
It’s probably important to start by making it clear that we're not the ones who “finally got the Bible right”. Neither do we possess the secret to life, exclusive access to GOD or “Seven Steps to Satisfaction”. We are, however, powerfully drawn to the person of Jesus, his teaching and even more so, his life. So we are experimenting, and failing, and building a community that collectively follows his Way; hoping, trusting and even doubting that it might seed something beautiful in the world. Namely; full and abundant life for all creation. We think the TRUTH about LIFE may just be LOVE and LOVE may just be the WAY.
Who We Are
EastLake is an inclusive Christian community
where faith is less about a story to be believed as it is a life to be lived.
What we share is a growing awareness that life is gift and what we do with it matters!
we are surrendering to love
God is Love. We envision a community where every human being awakens to this Love; working in us, among us, through us and even as us. Early followers of Jesus called this “the body of Christ”. Reality is made of, held together by, and filled with, one, ultimate, loving energy that is present in all that exists. We see this energy uniquely present in the life and person of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. We are experimenting with building a community that trusts this energy, this love, this Christ, this Reality, to be "all and in all".
we are transforming in love
Love is our supreme value, which we understand to be a self-giving choice to act responsibly with justice, integrity, courage and forgiveness, believing that the world needs places that equip individuals to serve with compassion, acknowledging our differences while valuing our one-ness. We want to embody not only a theoretical understanding of that but to consciously practice this truth in our everyday lives.
we are gathering around love
We recognize that human beings have, and always will, seek out transcendent experiences of the Holy, together in community. This helps us remember who we are, recall our origins, and seek help in becoming agents of light, life and love in our neighborhoods and beyond. We gather together regularly to celebrate, open ourselves to further transformation, and develop and deepen relationships.
that we may be a beneficial presence in the world
Life includes, but goes beyond our individual persons to the entire biosphere and onward to the Universe itself. Ensuring a healthy future for the entire body of life is our aim. Rather than to “hold out” for a renewed, peaceful world in an afterlife, our hope is to actively build one here and now, one that includes social and ecological justice for all races, ethnicities, abilities, socioeconomic situations, gender identities and sexual orientations, and fosters peace through Jesus’s radical love of all humanity.
At the center of the Universe is a loving heart
that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person.
Anything we can do to help foster the intellect and Spirit
and emotional health of our fellow human beings, that is our job.
Those of us who have this particular vision
must continue against all odds.
Life is for service.
-Fred Rogers, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”
Thank you for your generous support. Everything we do is a direct result of your contribution.
Here is a brief overview of the different ways for you to donate.
Whether at a Sunday service or at home during the week, text giving is an easy way to give anytime and anywhere!
To get started with text giving:
1) Text the word “give” and the amount you’d like to donate (e.g. “give 20″) to 206-429-6590
2) Follow the prompts
3) Register a credit or debit card (you only need to do this the first time you give)
After this set up is done you can give within seconds from your phone! Every time you give you will receive a confirmation email and your donation will be synced with EastLake’s giving records.
You can make your Donation in person using either cash or checks.
While you’re attending services at EastLake, you can use the giving envelopes that are provided on the outside of the gray giving boxes. Just drop them in those same boxes on your way out after service. If you aren’t ready to give at the time of the service, that giving envelope is postage paid and self addressed. You can simply seal and send later in the week!
Did you know you can donate non-Cash gifts like stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or cars? There are many other Ways to give:
-Marketable Securities: transfer ownership of your stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares.
-Other Non-Cash Items: donate items like cars, boats, and jewelry.
-Planned Donations: give via retirement assets, bequests, trusts, etc. as part of your overall personal financial strategy.
ONE GIFT – TWICE THE IMPACT
Did you know some employers will match your contributions? Charitable Gift Matching doubles your impact! Some corporations are already participating, and your employer might be able to also if you ask.
we think life is a team sport
We are inspired by M. Scott Peck’s suggestion that true community is “a group of individuals who have learned how to communicate honestly with each other; whose relationships go deeper than their masks of composure, and a group of people who have developed some significant ability to rejoice together, mourn together, delight in each other, and make other’s conditions their own."
This is the essence of healthy community—dwelling together in love and vulnerability for the sake of manifesting the presence of God to one another and the world.
Middle and High School Programming
Sunday mornings at 11am
Middle School can be a tough stage in life, so each week we create a fun and safe place where students can meet new friends and learn about Jesus. We gather for games, a message and groups to discuss topics relevant to students lives.
In addition to attending our Sunday Middle School program, we encourage students to serve on Sundays here at EastLake. We really believe it’s a great opportunity to recognize that they can make a difference, while at the same time contributing to the EastLake family. We have many opportunities for them to plug into. Click HERE to get connected!
Events and Home Churches
There are two main ways for high schoolers to get connected at EastLake, Home Churches and monthly High School events. Home Churches are a great way for students to come together each week, or every other week, with other students from EastLake to hang out, play games, talk about life and God. It’s a great way to meet new people and get plugged in. We also have monthly High School events where students from all campuses come together for an evening of fun that can include such activities as outdoor movies, game nights, Christmas parties, and more.
For more information on how you can get your High School student plugged in you can reach out to Sammy Choi.
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